Hastings Tribune and area weeklies win prizes in Better Newspaper competition |

The Hastings Tribune was among the Tribland publications that won awards in the Nebraska Press Association’s Better Newspaper competition for 2022.

The winners were announced Saturday at the NPA’s annual convention in Kearney.

In total, Tribune staff members won two first-place awards, six second-place awards, and seven third-place awards. Top spots went to sportswriter Will Reynolds in the daily sports column category and Andy Raun, editor and news director, for a personal column.

The Clay County News and the Doniphan Herald also each won several prizes in the competition, which attracted more than 2,400 entries and was judged by members of the New York Press Association.

Christine Hollister, Jodi Sadd and Randy Sadd of the Doniphan Herald took first place in the weekly A division for youth coverage.

Meanwhile, Clay County News staff received second place in the prestigious General Excellence for Weeklies Division C category.

The competition categories for daily and weekly newspapers were for work published throughout 2021 and focused on writing, photography, advertising, digital media, design and creativity.

Daily newspapers like the Tribune compete in a separate category. The Lincoln Journal-Star and the Omaha World-Herald are not eligible to compete.

For competition purposes, weekly newspapers are divided into divisions based on circulation.

The Nebraska Press Association met Thursday through Saturday at Kearney’s Crowne Plaza Hotel and Convention Center for its first in-person annual convention since 2019.

The winners of the regional competition were:

Third Place: “Eight-Second Lap,” Ashley D. Swanson, Clay County News

Third: “Gooooooaaaaaal”, Amy Roh, Hastings Tribune

First: “Has anyone seen a shoe?”, Will Reynolds, Hastings Tribune

Third: “Sutton’s second place is not a surprise”, Will Reynolds, Hastings Tribune

Third: “Hinrichs will leave a lasting legacy in Sutton,” Tory Duncan, Clay County News

Second: ‘Tigers win two straight runners up against Skutt’, Will Reynolds, Hastings Tribune

Third: “Kenesaw rallies under 22 pounds to win,” Nick Blasnitz, Hastings Tribune

Second: “Fillies in State Volleyball,” Staff, Clay County News

Third: “Dugout Days: July 4”, Staff, Clay County News

Second: “Blue Devils State Champion”, Amy Roh, Hastings Tribune

Second: “Let’s play ball!” “, Christine Hollister, Doniphan Herald

Third: “Icy beauty found near Harvard”, Loetta Swanson, Clay County News

Third: “A final brush stroke”, Amy Roh, Hastings Tribune

Second: “Daughter Honors Her Father”, Amy Roh, Hastings Tribune

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Third: “Dogs Rescued”, Amy Roh, Hastings Tribune

First: ‘Old friends reach out to a brighter future’, Andy Raun, Hastings Tribune

Second: “Ex-employee engages in deadly gun rampage in upper lift”, Will Vraspir, Hastings Tribune

Third: “Unique Homes”, Christine Hollister, Doniphan Herald

First: “Today is a good day”, Christine Hollister, Doniphan Herald

Third: “A Hero Comes Home,” Christine Hollister, Doniphan Herald

Third: “Family and Community Lay Alan Jones to Rest in His Hometown,” Ashley D. Swanson, Clay County News

Second: “Happy day for a bluesman”, John Huthmacher, Amy Roh, Tami Humphreys, Hastings Tribune

Third: “Ricketts sends a warning,” Rita Brhel, Clay County News

Second: “Hometown Heroes”, Andy Raun, Will Vraspir, John Huthmacher, Hastings Tribune

Third: Monday, June 21, 2021, Tami Humphreys, Hastings Tribune

Second: “Sutton’s 150th”, Staff, Clay County News

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Third: 2021 Outlook, Staff, Hastings Tribune

First: Christine Hollister, Jodi Sadd, Randy Sadd, Doniphan Herald

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Second: “Route 65 and more”, personal, Doniphan Herald

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Second: Christine Hollister, Jodi Sadd, Randy Sadd, Doniphan Herald

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Third: “iNet Superior”, Tory Duncan, Clay County News